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No increase in property tax in proposed county budget ELIZABETH STEWART

Nothing is passed and won't be until after a public hearing June 2 but county commissioners took their first look at County Manager Jeff Richardson's proposed $107 million dollar budget Tuesday night and liked what they saw. “We're focusing on employees and services,'' said chairman Jason Falls. Taxpayers won't see any increases in the tax rate. The county's 800 full time em-

ployees will see a 5.4% hike in pay and increased insurance benefits. “We haven't been able to give raises in four years and now we are catching up,'' said



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Falls who said commissioners at their retreat set raises to employees as priority. Falls said that employees struggled through the recession with no cost-of-living increase. He said a salary study found that the county was behind other municipalities in rewarding their employees. Richardson said the county wants to keep its employees and next year has budgeted $35,000 for college assistance, increased employee health insurance on a 80/20 insurance plan


A magic English nanny comes to work for a cold banker's unhappy family and reconnects a father and mother with their two kids in 'Mary Poppins” which plays for two more nights Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Joy Theatre.

Mary Poppins, played by Jada McDaniel, flies in with her umbrella to help the Banks children ( Alyssa Newton as Jane and Stetson McDaniel as Michael Banks) and they change from very unhappy, unruly children to happy young people but it takes the Super See MARY POPPINS, Page 3A


A $2.2 million federal grant for the next five years or a total of $11 million dollars has been awarded to the Cleveland County Partnership for Children. The administrative offices are in Kings Mountain at the old Central School building. The Early Head Start program is geared to serve 144 infants and toddlers to age 3 of low income families. The teacher-class ratio will be 4 students to 1 teacher.

Haley Wilson, who served as an intern last year for the City of Kings Mountain, has been tapped to be the city’s new special events coordinator, where she will help organize the Over the Mountain Triathlon, BeachBlast, Gateway Festival, Fourth of July celebrations and other events in town. City officials in the past several months decided to fold the office of special events and public relations into the Main Street Program, which is headed by Jan Harris. “It makes sense because promotion is one of four points of a Main Street program,” said Harris, in explaining the restructuring. The other three main tenets of Main Street are organization, design and economic restructuring. “I’m excited to be work-

ing with Jan,” said Wilson, who worked closely with Ellis Noell last summer during her internship. “Happy to be back with the city of KM. I’m very community-based in my outlook. The role is really about helping to bring quality of life to Kings Mountain.” Noell announced his retirement from the city in March. Wilson, a Fallston native, graduated from N.C. State University last year with a degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management. She’s no stranger to event planning, having worked as a volunteer on many city events held in Raleigh. She said she bolstered that experience working under Noell, a seasoned public relations expert and event planner. During her stint with the city in 2014, Wilson was asked to give input on the

Mother's Day some time ago but she remembers that her mother taught her to love children and never mistreat a child. For nearly all of the 39 years that Fonda and John Houze have been married they have nurtured adopted grandchildren. They have four

KM to participate in National Prayer Day Sharon Stack, chairman of the Cleveland County Partnership for Children. Nine new staff members will be hired. and the grant will designate funds to up to eight child care enters in Cleveland County. Several meetings are See CHILD CARE, Page 4A

and Gateway trail, and KM Historical Museum. “We will be maintaining relationships in 29 projects and the big 5 economic development incentive projects are AT&T, Kings Mountain; Clearwater Paper, Shelby; Disney, Kings Mountain; Duke Energy, Shelby; and Southern Power,Kings Mountain. Public safety continues to be a concern of commissioners who asked for $90,000 in building upgrades, $125,000 See NO INCREASE, Page 4A

The city’s new special events coordinator Haley Wilson, at left, is pictured next to Main Street Program director Jan Harris. redesign of the city’s web planning. site and helped the mayor I’m impressed with her design and plan for an ad- level of knowledge and dition to the children’s park her willingness to pitch in that serves children with whenever needed,” Harris disabilities. said. “We’ll be working on After Wilson’s intern- a number of special events ship wrapped up last year, in the coming weeks, inshe found work at Shelby’s cluding the May 7 prayer Earl Scruggs Center, where breakfast, Memorial Day she handled public rela- commemoration and of tions, marketing and event course the Triathlon.”

Mother’s Day is every day for Fonda Houze Mother's Day is every day that Fonda Houze can hug a child. This Sunday many families will observe Mother's Day with their mothers. Others were remember special times with Mom or Maw-Maw. Mrs. Houze's mother died on a Saturday before

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tional funds in the budget. Richardson said that workforce development at the community college brings jobs to the county and has been a key priority of commissioners. “This is a well rounded budget,'' said Falls. The county will continue partnerships with Travel Tourism, the LeGrand Center, American Legion World Series, the Shooter complex which is set to open in late fall and a regional draw for the area, Cleveland Chamber, M useum archives, Broad River

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Alyssa Newton, left, as Jane, Stetson McDaniel as Michael Banks. Nick Howell as Bert and Jada McDaniel as Mary Poppins are pictured in a scene from the Kings Mountain Little Theatre play at Joy Theatre. Photo by Nikki Wood

for a total of $400,000 for new benefits including partnership with the YMCA for the second year to stabilize health costs and keep employees healthy. Falls said commissioners set strategic goals, focusing on the employee pay plan, economic development, public safety, community education, customer service outreach and fiscal sustainability. All eight goals are included in budget projections. County schools and Cleveland Community College will be receiving addi-

National Day of Prayer is May 7 and Kings Mountain citizens will join in the observance at noon in front of City Hall. The brief service is sponsored by the Kings Mountain Ministerial Association and will include a welcome by Mayor Rick Murphrey, the pledge of al-

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National motto 'In God We Trust' to go up in front of City Hall The national motto,”In God We Trust,” will soon go up in bronze lettering on the front of Kings Mountain City Hall. By 6-1, City Council Tuesday approved the installation of the motto being paid for and installed by

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■ OBITUARIES KINGS MOUNTAIN Paul Thomas Ledford, age 22, a resident of, Kings Mountain went to be with the Lord on April 29, 2015 at his home. He was born in Gaston Co., NC. He was preceded in death by his Paternal Grandfather, Carol Thomas Ledford, Maternal Grandparents, Clarence Yates Harbison and Margaret Peeler Harbison. Paul was a 2012 graduate of Kings Mountain High School. Paul was a wonderful good hearted young man who loved everything and everyone. He loved animals, people, doing research on his computer and playing X-Box with his friends. Paul reAileen Ware Costner KINGS MOUNTAIN Aileen Ware Costner, 87, of 117 Beta Place, died April 28, 2015 at home. She was born in Cleveland County to the late James William “Ben” Ware and Sally Carroll Ware. She was also Rev. Douglas Painter GASTONIA - Rev. Douglas Arnold Painter, 89, of Gastonia, formerly of Kings Mountain, passed away on May 1, 2015 at Peak Resources, Cherryville. His funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Betty Jean Taylor Mobley SHELBY- Betty Jean Taylor Mobley, 86, went home to be with her Lord and Savior April 30, 2015, at Kings Mountain Hospice House, as her loving family stood by her side. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Vinnie Hollis Taylor of Chester, SC. She retired from Springs Industries and was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Chester, SC. She was a loving and compassionate mother and grandmother. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband George Jourdan Mobley; one daughter, Sandra Lee Sinclair. She is survived by one son, Roger Taylor and his girlfriend Leanne Kennedy of Shelby; three daughters, Deborah Bruce and husband Danny, Tammie Ramsey and husband Darrell all of Kings Mountain, Denise Whisnant and husband Craig of Shelby; twelve grandchildren, Scott Sinclair of Chester, Cindy Whetstine of Kings Mountain, Crystal Sinclair of Chester, Melissa McGinnis of Kings Mountain, Betty Roark

A funeral service was held at First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, on Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m., with officiating by Dr. John Sloan. Visitation was from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Interment is at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association,, or The White Plains Shrine Club, Fairview Lodge # 339, Landing Street, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 or The Shiners Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605. Guest register available at www.harrisfunerals. com. Arrangements: Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kings Mountain, N.C.

preceded in death by her husband; James William Costner, brother; Bill Ware and sister; Leler Owensby. Mrs. Costner was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church and retired from Kings Mountain Knit. A funeral service was held at Ollie Harris Memo-

rial Chapel, Thursday, April 30, at 3 p.m., with Rev. Joel Sanders officiating. Visitation was from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday evening, April 29, at Harris Funeral Home and other times at the home, 117 Beta Place. Interment was at Mountain Rest Cemetery.

May 7, 2015 at Sisk-Butler Funeral & Cremation Services, Bessemer City with Rev. Brent Douglas Grigg officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 7, 2015 30 minutes prior to the service at the funeral home.

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Candace Bower of Lincolnton, Brandon Taylor of Gastonia, Aimee Callahan of Shelby, Dylan Taylor of Shelby, CJ VanDyke of Grover, Dustin Ramsey of Shelby, Hunter Whisnant of Charlotte, and Jourdan Whisnant of Monroe; ten great grandchildren, Dani and Morgan Sinclair of Chester, Kassy Ledford of Shelby, Amber Whetstine of Kings Mountain, TJ Bentley and Jackson Bower of Lincolnton, Addie and Parker Callahan of Shelby, Harper Taylor of Gastonia; one great great grandchild, Weston Ledford of Shelby. The family received friends from 4- 5p.m. Saturday May 2, 2015 at Shelby First Church of the Nazarene followed by a celebration of life service that began at 5. A graveside service was held at Chester Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Chester, SC on Tuesday May 5, 2015 at 3 p.m.. Memorials may be made to Kings Mountain Hospice House c/o Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150 Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Kings Mountain was in charge of arr angements. ONLINE CONDOLENCES:

Proud to be Pioneer Night Rising 5th graders at Kings Mountain Intermediate School and their families are invited to come to the school at 5 p.m. Thursday for meetings with teachers and learn about the curriculum and also about extra curricular activities offered to 5th graders.

The Kings Mountain High School girls’ soccer team is holding a car wash Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, 110 E. King St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds benefit Love Africa Mission.

Facility inspections Cleveland County Health Department inspected four local facilities during the week April 27May 1. They were: Gentle Moon Cafe, 98; Italian Garden & Pizzeria, 98.5; Waffle House, 99; and Wendy's, 99. Cleveland County Health Department inspected facilities the week of April 20-24. Kings Mountain area facilities were inspected as follows: KFC, E. King St., 97.5’ McDonald’s, York Rd., 98.5’ McDonald’s, Shelby Rd., 96.5; Taco Bell, York Rd., 98.5’ and The Clubhouse Bar 7 Grill, 95.5.

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SHELBY - Betty Buckles Roark, 63, died Friday, April 24, 2015, at Carolinas Healthcare-Cleveland. A native of Bristol, VA, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Sadie Patrick Buckles. A funeral service was held Saturday at 3 p.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on County Club Rd.,

ceived several awards including the ACE Award, Accepting the Challenges of Excellence, presented by the Exchange Club of Shelby in 2011; The TimeWarner HEROS award in 2006; and the Kings Mountain Middle School Writing Award in 2006 and 2007. He is survived by his father, Barry Thomas Ledford, Kings Mountain; mother, Ann P. Harbison, Kings Mountain; brother Nathan M. Ledford, Kings Mountain; sister Ashlyn Harbison Burgess and husband Anthony, Chesapeake, Va.; paternal grandmother Connie Bennett Ledford, Kings Mountain; aunts and uncles; Karen Roberts and husband Craig, Greenville, NC; Scott Ledford and wife Angie, Rock Hill, SC; nephews Andon and Adam Burgess, Chesapeake, Va.; cousins Lauren Ledford Barnes, Katie Ledford, Colton Roberts, Sheldon Roberts, Mackenzie Roberts.

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ARRESTS APRIL 20: Whitney Sierra Smith, 25, 500 Phenix St., uttering forged instrument, $2500 bond unsecured. APRIL 28: Michael Edward Ross Jr., 24, 127 Ross Rd., assault with deadly weapon, felony, $15,000 secured bond. APRIL 28 Ashlyn Jade Baker, 27, 903 Rhodes Ave., DWI, center line violation, no inspection, no insurance, fictitious tag, $7500 bond secured. APRIL 29: Andy Gordon Guffey, 42, 510 N. Piedmont Ave., assault on female. APRIL 30: Eric Joshua Ellis, 33, 107 Deal St.., no insurance, failure to carry license, failure to register motor vehicle, $1500 secured bond. MAY 1: Kristen Nicole Byrd, 27, 102-B N. City St., kill animal by starvation, felony, dispose of dead animal, misdemeanor, $2500 bond, secured. MAY 1: Jessica Lisenia Russo, 43, 106 S. Tracy St., second degree trespass, communicating threats. MAY 3: Michael Sabien Hunt, 36, Charlotte, assault on female. CITATIONS APRIL 28: Christopher Wayne Smart, 24, Grover, speeding. APRIL 29: Sarah Elizabeth Couch, 29, Greer, SC, speeding. APRIL 29: Jenna Krissman Weston, 20, Mooresville, NC, speeding. APRIL 30: Latoyola Ann Alexander, 25, Gastonia, speeding. APRIL 30: Julianna Marie Mosier, 21, 204 W. King St. Apt. A, no operator's license. APRIL 30: Shaquia Jimson Wise, 36, 812 W. Gold St., no operator's license. APRIL 30: Boyd Nicholas Houser, 19, 609-A Stony Point Rd. speeding. MAY 1: Dambo Larenzo Knox, 22, 136 Lewis Curry Road, no electronic inspection for vehicle. MAY 1: A 17-year-old male was cited for no operator's license. MAY 5: William Payne Sydwon, 18, 803 King St., revoked license. INCIDENTS APRIL 27: A resident of Mountain Spring Court re-

ported that his pickup truck w as damaged by someone painting the taillight. APRIL 27: Diversified Fabrics, 300 Ruppe St., reported a break-in and attempted arson. Police said that unknown suspects kicked in the office door and entered the building setting several fires. APRIL 27: WB Trucking, 2072 Shelby Rd., reported a break-in and theft of multiple boxes of women's underwear. APRIL 28: A resident of Northwoods Drive reported larceny of part of a door handle on a BMW. APRIL 28: A resident of Phenix Street reported someone operating a lawnmower broke a window pane in a front door. APRIL 28: A resident of N. Piedmont Avenue said he was hit on the head and body with a baseball bat and a man took his cell phone. APRIL 28: Amyia Express, 212 E. King St., reported larceny of $99. APRIL 29: A resident of Lancelot Lane reported damage to the driver's side window of his vehicle. APRIL 29: A resident of Guyton Loop reported someone broke a window in his residence. APRIL 29: Blue Jay Self Storage, 1706 Shelby Rd., reported a broken door lock. APRIL 30: A resident of S. Gaston Street reported a break-in. The suspect entered the back yard, killed the dog,l and broke into the house taking a propane tank, one ax, a sledge hammer and flat blade shovel. APRIL 30: A resident of Old Home Place Road reported theft of a I phone. MAY 1: Scotchman Store 3725, 2120 Shelby Road, reported that a customer drove off from the gas tank with the gas nozzle in the vehicle. MAY 1: A resident of Falls Street reported first degree burglary. MAY 2: A resident of Clover, SC reported theft of a purse from her vehicle. MAY 2: A resident o f Crouse reported theft of an Iphone while she was in a convenience store. MAY 2: A resident of York, SC reported theft of envelopes containing personal checks while he was at

the post office. MAY 2: A resident of Dallas reported that he was stabbed with a box cutter while he was on Grace Street in Kings Mountain. MAY 3: A resident of Dove Court reported theft of a wallet and credit cards from, her car while parked at the laundry mat. MAY 3: Ingles, 2111 Shelby Road, reported an incident of shoplifting. WRECKS APRIL 27: Officer Stephen Skinner reported that a 2008 Ford operated by Dennis Lee Costner of Cherryville and Thomas Edward Queen of Grover collided head-on in the middle of the roadway on NC 161. Property damages were estimated at $2,000. APRIL 27: Officer F.L. Wittington said that Brandon Keith Lovelace, 33, Hampstead, NC, was walking on Shelby Road and told the officer he was st ruck from behind sending him into a ditch. While investigating, Wittington said that Justin Matthew Harrelson, 1208 W. Gold St., extension, pulled up in a wrecker looking for a passenger side mirror that he lost between Shelby Road and Oak Grove Road and realized that the mirror had struck the pedestrian. Cleveland County EMS responded to the scene. APRIL 27: Officer J. L. Dee said that Ferran Aleise Meeks, Gastonia, operating a 1997 Honda, struck a 1996 Honda operated by Lloyd Derreberry, 426 Fulton Street. The accident happened on North Sims Street. Cleveland County EMS transported injured to local hospitals. Property damage was estimated at $8,000. APRIL 27: Officer J. L. Dee said that Willie Whistine, Clover, SC, failed to stop for a stop sign at US 74 Business and N. Dilling Street and hit a 20068 Hyundai operated by Kevin Sherrill, Shelby. Property damage was estimated at $8,000. APRIL 27: Officer D. K. Davis said that a parked 2006 Ford owned by Rebecca Chitwood, 204 Fulton St., was struck by a hit and run driver and slightly damaged.

Tri County Rescue offers reward after blind and deaf dog decapitated Tri County Rescue in Lincoln County is offering a $5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects who decapitated a blind and deaf dog at 104 S. Gaston Street last Wednesday night. The Beagle, a 13-year-old female named Libby, was brutally killed before being discovered by her owners Thursday. Kings Mountain Police were called to the home at 7:47 a.m. Thursday in reference to a breaking and entering and animal cruelty report. Officers say it appears some-

one jumped into the fenced-in yard before stealing an ax, a shovel and a propane tank. The dog's body was found but its head was not, and authorities suspect the stolen ax was used to decapitate the pet. “I can't believe people are that sick – that there are individuals out there that would enjoy doing something like this,'' said one of the dog's owners Dennis Morrow. “It is unthinkable,'' said Joann Hager, director of Tri County Animal Shelter, who invites other contributors to increase the reward money. “For someone to do that to

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Kings Mountain Police are looking for three black males in their early to mid 20s who fled on foot from the scene. Anyone with information should contact Det. Cpl. P. W. Alexander at the Kings Mountain Police Department 704-734-0444.

this is dog was shameless,'' she said. Hager remembers when her group rescued Libby from a local shelter. The little Beagle's eyes were bulging and infected and required removal by surgery. The Kings Mountain family adopted her. She said anyone who would like to contribute to the reward fund may contact her at 704-263-2444. Anyone with information about the crime should contact Det. Cpl. Paul Alexander at the Kings Mountain Police Department 704-734-0444.

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Day of goodbyes for Ellis Eng reels in 90-pounder

Thursday was a day for goodbyes for Ellis Noell, the city’s Special Events Coordinator and Public Relations chief who announced his retirement in March. Family members, fellow city workers and other associates came together at City

Hall for an afternoon reception stocked with wings, sandwiches and fresh fruit. Noell is pictured here with his two grand-daughters at Thursday’s reception. Noell joined the city in 2000. He has hinted that he will continue to work in travel and

tourism in the area. Noell was also feted in April at a surprise party at Grapes in a Glass. Haley Wilson, a former intern with the city’s office of Special Events and Public Relations, has been hired to fill Noell’s position.

Ellis Noell with his two grandchildren.

Ellis Noell pictured with former Mayor, Scott Neisler and KMPD Captain Jerry Tesseneer.


Robert Eng didn’t set out to break records and wow his friends with mammoth-sized catches when he picked up fishing about a year ago. The novice fisherman was simply exploring a new hobby at the urging of some of the parishioners at the church he leads on Oak Grove Rd. when on a trip to Tennessee last year he pulled 28-pound, 6-oz. hybrid striper out of the lake water. The previous world record? 25 lbs. A few weeks ago, he pulled off another feat that surprised him and the friends he made on the trip to South Carolina’s Lake Monticello with. This time it was a 90pound Arkansas Blue Catfish, far larger than average for that species. “I really don’t know that much about (fishing),” said Eng, noting that his fishing trips are mostly about getting out in the fresh air and Christian fellowship. “Some local fishermen have kind of adopted me and I’ve been pretty lucky at it.” Before Eng took up the ministerial life two decades ago, he made a name for himself as a talented martial arts instructor. Specializing in karate and kick-boxing, he trained a generation of martial artists in the Kings Mountain area, including David Humphries, whom he describes as “one of the toughest” people he’s ever met. Humphries joined Eng’s academy at the tender age of 16 in the 1970s. Within a few years, Humphries, who is a member of Eng’s New

Pastor Robert Eng hoists a 90-pound Arkansas Blue Catfish he fished out of Lake Monticello in South Carolina in April. The big fish is on ice now, but Eng said he plans to use it feed his congregation at New Life Family Worship Center. Life Family Worship Center, would be crowned the first undisputed world champion in kick-boxing. Eng also started the Tough Man Contest in the 1980s and watched it spread in popularity throughout the Southeast. He later became the first martial artist to enter the venerable Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame. But for years now Eng’s focus has been on his small ministry. “The ministry is my true calling,” he said last week, adding that the fish he catch goes to feed church members at church functions. “I’ve learned that fishermen don’t share information,” he said with a laugh. “You

have to figure out what the good techniques are, and you have to figure out where the good places to go are,” adding that he’s taken to fishing the brim out of Bolin’s Carp Lake between Kings Mountain and Shelby. For Eng, taking up hunting and fishing relatively late in life is kind of ironic. “When I was in the Special Forces, I dealt with guns and the outdoors a lot and I suppose that fits in with it, but I had just never really had the opportunity to hunt or fish,” said Eng, who rises at 3 a.m. every day. “Some of my parishioners have taken me pheasant hunting – and I killed a bobcat.

Council denies rezoning for veterinary clinic ELIZABETH STEWART

In an unusual move, city council Tuesday ignored the recommendation by its planning and zoning board and by 5-2 denied a rezoning request by Faunce Properties that would have brought a new veterinary clinic to Kings Mountain. Councilman Rick Moore made the motion, seconded by Councilman Tommy Hawkins and supported by Councilmen Howard Shipp, Rodney Gordon and Keith Miller. Mayor pro tem Mike Butler and councilman Curtis Pressley voted in favor of the rezoning. During a public hearing David Faunce and veterinarian Matt Bryant spoke for the rezoning. Bryant said he had been looking at the Watterson Street property ( formerly McGill Clinic) for a new veterinary

business. Responding to question of Councilman Miller, Bryant said there would be no outdoor pens for animals on the site, 101 and 103 S. Watterson Streets. Faunce said the site would use existing driveway on Watterson and a new NCDOT approved driveway system on King Street. Landscaping would exceed the minimum requirements, he added. There would be little impact on the neighborhood located near the West Mountain Street residential community. The Planning and Zoning Board, which voted 9-1 to recommend rezoning, acknowledged that the Land Development Plan shows commercial in the area of the subject property and that the existing commercial structure is in an area that transitions from

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commercial to residential development but due to its past use history, its potential to be an historic structure, and the conditions proposed, that continuing as a commercial use was appropriate. The Planning board reviewed the application including a design and the conditions that the applicant requested. City planner Steve Killians said that Faunce eliminated uses that he stated were not appropriate for the area and the site plan included performance standards to mitigate impacts of redevelopment,. Both lots would be eventually recombined into one lot. Faunce confirmed there would be no pets outside the clinic and no outdoor pens for animals. The traffic would move from and to King Street without going through the edge of the West End Historic District. Veterinary clinics are one of the eligible uses in a conditional use general business district. The Watterson Street property is currently zoned neighborhood business and is eligible, under that zoning, for placement of numerous “uses” (businesses) and without the property owner coming before the planning board again. City Council has the final say on all zoning requests. The planning board makes recommendations.

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Mary Poppins is a kind of Super Nanny who flies in with her umbrella in response to the response of the Banks children and proceeds to put things right with the aid of her extraordinary magical powers. Photo by LIB STEWART

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Nanny to put things right with the family. Cale McDaniel, Jada's husband, plays George Banks and Banks' stage wife Winifred is played by Suzie Shelter. The character of Bert, played by Nick Howell, also flies across the stage, somersaulting during a rooftop scene when chimney sweeps perform “Step In Time.” Howell and Jada sing together “Jolly Holiday” and the entire Banks family sings as well as many other cast members. It is a delightful show you won't soon forget. There's singing and dancing you can't help but join in once in a while or tap your feet. “A spoon full of sugar” and “Let's go fly a kite” are favorite songs. And of course there's “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

Betsy Wells, the director of the 46-member cast and a former teacher, would score an Aplus for her pick of the characters in a very technical performance with numerous scene changes and period costumes and hairstyles that set the English theme and are outstanding. There are a lot of young people in the performance, some who dance and are in crowd scenes, all dressed to the nines. Everyone, from the little ones to the older more experienced actors, sing and dance their hearts out in the 3 ½ hour show. Volunteers behind the curtain make the many changes of scenery and help with costume changes, and the volunteer list goes on. Kimberla Burrows choreographed the show and Libby Putnam is music director with Michael Sisk, also

on keyboard; Andy Neisler on drums; and Jerre Snow, bass. “Miss Andrew” played by Erica Carpenter is the nanny that everyone loves to hate and tries to take over the Banks household when Mary Poppins flies o ff in one scene and then rescues the two Banks children who hate the new nanny so much that they run away from home. Janie Ollis, as Mrs. Brill the housekeeper, and Eric Wright as Robertson Ay, the English Butler will keep you laughing. Harris Funeral Home is the spring musical sponsor and Patrick Yarns is presenting sponsor. The performer flying effects were created by Hall Associates, a division of Nunnally Enterprises. The lead actress Jada McDaniel and the show producer/stage manager Jane Alexander mounted a fundraiser to raise $4300 to bring in the Chicago-based company to make the flying action possible. Donations came from Bobby Childers, Mickey and Betty Corry, Jackie and Tyler Falls, Food Lion, Kiser Harris, Horne Heating & Air Conditioning, Rockwood Lithium, and Dr. and Mrs. Martin Stallings.

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Wilson to speak at Prayer Breakfast Randy Wilson, National Field Director for the Family Research Council in Washington, DC, will be the featured speaker at the 12th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Thursday, May 7, at 8 a.m. at Family Worship Center. Kings Mountain High School’s elite show choir, Kings Revue, will present special music. Tickets for the meal are $15 and checks should be made payable to “Voice of Triumph.” Voice of Triumph Ministries is sponsoring the breakfast.

Through the breakfasts, Kings Mountain became a sister city with Stei, Romani through the visit of European Parliament member Tadu Tirle at a recent mayor’s breakfast. Wilson travels the country building relationships, encouraging and resourcing pastors and speaking at regional and local pastoral gatherings. Prior to joining FRC, he worked in the public policy department of Focus on the Family, where he started and developed state Family Policy Councils across the country. He and his wife,

Official naming ceremony at KM Hospice House Friday The public is invited to attend the official naming of the Kings Mountain Hospice House, 321 Kings Mountain Blvd, to the Testa Family Hospice House on Friday, May 8, at 2 p.m. Members of the Testa family and officials of Hospice Cleveland County will

cut the ribbon and an open house of the facility will follow. Light refreshments will be served. Jim Testa and his family's contribution will be acknowledged in the unveiling of a new sign in front of the handsome facility.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Stout to lecture

Lisa Wilson, are the founders of Generations of Light Ministry, an outreach to families that speaks on the issues of marriage and family. The couple has wrote three books and are the founders of “The Father-Daughter Purity Ball” which caught the attention of national and international media. He has had the opportunity to stand and defend the importance of fatherhood in such well-known venues as Time Magazine and the New York Times, Good Morning America and the Dr. Phil Show, among others.

Car wash fundraiser Saturday

Author Shelley Stout will lecture and sign her new book, “Radium Halos” in the fourth and last program in the 2015 Women's History lecture series Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Kings Mountain Historical Museum. The program is being held in conjunction with the exhibit,”Pioneering Women of Cleveland County.'' Admission is free and open to the public. “Radium Halos” is an historical fiction based on the true events of the Radium Dial Painters, a group of female factory workers who in the early 1920s,

contracted radium poisoning from painting glow-inthe-dark watch and clock dials with radium paint. The story begins in Belmont, NC in 1923, where two sisters convince their father to let them travel to Illinois to take jobs with the well-paying Radium Dial Company. The narrator is one of the sisters, now 65 years old and suffering from severe mental illness. She tells her story through flashbacks, slowly revealing her past, the loved ones she's lost, and the dangerous secrets she's kept all these years. The narrative goes beyond the Radium Dial case and

Shelley Stout reflects much about our cultural attitudes toward work, women, mental illness and aging.

Eagle Court of Honor held for Graham

The Kings Mountain High School girls’ soccer team is holding a car wash Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, 110 E. King St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds benefit Love Africa Mission.

MOTHER’S DAY: every day for Fonda Houze From Page 1A

pile in the van and off we go,'' said John Houze, who is pastor of Peoples Baptist Church. Many of those kids have received tender loving care since they were babies and are now adults who still call Fonda Maw-Maw. 'Children are a gift from God and they need someone to listen to them,'' said Fonda. She never turns a child away. Stock clerk at Baldor Electric Company, Vonda Houze has also spoiled the 15 e mployees she works with her and who call her by the affectionate name of Maw Maw. She loves to cook and she takes them plenty of good food and leftovers. She prides herself in being trustworthy and a good listener and she tries

to pass those good traits on to everyone she meets. The Mother-Daughter Brunch at Peoples Church is held every Saturday before Mother's Day and it was started by Mrs.Houze because she saw a need. The mothers in the congregation invite their daughters, granddaughters or great-granddaughters, participate in a worship service in the sanctuary, and enjoy a catered meal plus desserts baked by Mrs. Houze who until two years ago cooked all the food for the event. At age 9 Vonda stood on a chair to reach the kitchen table to bake biscuits with her Great-grandmother Alice Leach. “That's when I first learned to love to cook,'' she said. This Mother's Day Mrs.

Houze is getting ready for a big crowd at her homeprobably 25 or 30 or whoever drops in. The preacher will be the chef on the grill and Maw Maw will prepare all the fixings. Their three children, Barry Houze, Jeffrey and wife, Cassandra Houze and Cherice Kilgore, the four grandchildren and the two great-grandchildren – Jayden Owens, 5, and KK Owens, 4, are sure to be there plus many of the adopted grandchildren. As the pastor's wife, Mrs. Houze teaches the New Member's class and assists in the Women's Ministry. The co uple is celebrating their 25th pastoral anniversary in the church which numbers 125 members.

planned in May, including an orientation conference, creation of all job descriptions, a meeting with service providers, staff training, hiring of a Head Start Director and the formation of a child application process, according to Cathy Rayfield Taylor, Executive Director, who made the announcement at a meeting Thursday of the Partnership board of directors. “The board and staff have been continuously searching for additional resources to expand our services to young children and their families here in Cleveland County,'' said Sharon Stack, Mauney Memorial Librarian who is chairman of the Partnership. She added, “We are so pleased to have been chosen as one of the very few recipients of this federal grant and we would like to thank the many agencies and organizations in Cleveland County who supported our efforts as we worked to secure the Early Head Start

Program for our county.'' Taylor said the grant is part of President Obama's Early Learning Initiative, the Federal Bureau of the Administration for Children and Families, who set aside $500 million for Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships. These grants allow new or existing child care providers serving infants and toddlers from low income families. With these funds Taylor said that support will be given to working families by providing a full day, full year program so that low income children have the healthy and enriching early experiences they need to realize their full potential and that their parents want for them. Consulting. “We are very excited that with Smart Start funding as our foundation, our Partnership has levered not only the NC Pre-K program which serves over 430 four year olds in our county each year with intensive educational services, we now are in a position with the Early Head Start grant to provide educational, health and

NATIONAL MOTTO: 'In God We Trust' to go up in front of City Hall From Page 1A

CHILD CARE: program gets $11M grant From Page 1A

Left Dylan’s sister, his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Ray Graham, Dylan Graham and Scoutmaster David Estridge) On Sunday evening leaders from Troop 92 and zell with a mentor’s pin. A April 26, 2015 Boy Scout Greg Grabert. The invoca- bronze plaque was presented Troop 92, sponsored by tion and benediction were to Bethlehem Church to First Baptist Church, held given by Dr. Steve Taylor, be attached to the church’s and Eagle Court of Honor Pastor of Bethlehem Bap- newly constructed ball field for Dylan Ray Graham at tist. The featured speaker dugout shelters. This conBethlehem Baptist Church. was Wayne Brazzell, Youth struction was Dylan’s Eagle Bethlehem is Dylan’s home Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Service Project. The ceremony was church. Among the many Dylan was awarded his attendees was Dylan’s Great Eagle pin by Scoutmaster closed with the playing of Grandmother who was cel- David Estridge. The new Taps by Derek England. A ebrating her 94th birthday Eagle then presented his reception in Dylan’s honor hat day. mother with a miniature was held immediately afterThe ceremony was Eagle pin, his father with a wards in the church fellowconducted by scouts and tie tack and Wayne Braz- ship building.

family services to 144 infants and toddlers, their parents and their teachers.”She said the local Partnership's total funding will now exceed $6 million. Early Head Start programs provide comprehensive services within high quality child care facilities that include health services coordination, developmental and behavioral screenings, higher health, safety and nutrition standards within the centers, increased professional development opportunities for the teachers and increased parent engagement opportunities. Partnership for Children partners with Cleveland County Schools as the system provides space for the Early Head Start Program on the first floor of the historic Central School. The Partnership's main office is located on the second floor of this building. A meeting with Cleveland County's child care facilities, holding a 4 or 5 Star rated license, will be held in the Partnership offices May 14 at 10 a.m.

date 37 North Carolina jurisdictions have accepted the offer to have the motto placed on a building or in council chambers. Both Gaston County and Cleveland County are having the motto installed in government buildings. “This motto is an acknowledgment that is consistent with the mindset of our founders of this country and perfectly legal for a government to display it,'' said Councilman Keith Miller. “In God We Trust” has been used on US currency since 1864. The slogan is engraved above the entrance of the US Senate Chamber as well as above the Speaker's seat in the US House of Representatives. On July 30, 1956 the US Congress adopted “In God We Trust” as the official national motto of the United States of America. Councilman Curtis Presley, who cast the dissenting vote, said “I believe in God and I trust God. It's better for people to see us love one another and walking in faith.”

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■ MEDITATION “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Josh Tucker Pastor Spirit we were St. Matthew’s all baptized Lutheran Church into one body— Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” I Corinthians 12:12-13

Think about what all holds the

human body together: bones, flesh, ligaments and muscles. Now, think about the various organs and bodily systems that coincide with each other in order to make the body function. It’s interesting to consider, because as one part of the body malfunctions, the entire body is affected. It takes complete functionality of each part of the body to make the whole alive and well. When one part of the body isn’t well, the rest of the body knows it. When all the pieces of the body are well, the entire body functions well as one. “So it is with Christ.” The body of Christ is a vast form put together by many members. Have you ever stopped to think about who we are a

part as the body of Christ? The body of Christ is made up of the faithful, the believers who have come to know God’s love through the life, death and resurrection of Christ. The body of Christ is compiled of God’s people in his good creation. Christians everywhere from around the globe come together in our baptism, forming a system that is established through the faith. As it is with the human body, each and every member, each piec of the body of Christ is not only necessary, they are essential. You are an important part, a vital member in the body of Christ. You have a right place and proper function here. You are essential in making the body function faithfully. You matter in the body of

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Christ. So as we think about Paul’s words to the church in Corinth and what the body of Christ means for us in the church today, we can’t help but to be taken back by how awesome it is to be a part of something this big. We, the body of Christ, are making a difference in the world today. We are transforming lives as we share a message of love, forgiveness and hope in the world today. We are the body of Christ. And, what is it that holds us, the body of Christ, together? Love. The love Jesus has for you and for me, and the love that we are called to have for one another. We are bound by love and that is good news! Thanks be to God.

Annual Mother-Daughter Brunch Saturday May 9 The annual Mother-Daughter Brunch at Peoples Baptist Church, 1010 Groves St., will be held Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m. At the church. “This is always a great day for mothers and daughters to gather and since Sunday, May 10, is Mother's Day we take this opportunity to honor mothers who also invite their daughters to the brunch,'' said Rev. John Houze, pastor.

Cornerstone Church of God Fundraiser, Auction

Hot Rods for Honduras May 16

Cornerstone Church of God, 202 Margrace Road, will have a fundraiser and auction Friday, May 8, beginning with hotdog sales

The second mission fundraiser, Hot Rods for Honduras, will be held May 16 beginning at 9 a.m. at Chapel Grove Baptist

beginning at 6 p.m. the 45 plate will include two hot dogs, chips and dessert. At 7 p.m. the cash only auction will include household

items, appliances, electronics, hunting and fishing items and much more. Call Pastor Matt for more information at 704-734-7250.

Church, 716 Camp Rotary Road, in the Crowders Mountain community. All vehicle types are welcome and pre-registration is $15.

Vendors are also invited to register and registration is $20. Call Gary Gragg at 704-913-3223 for more information.

Fellowship & Faith

Church Service Directory KINGS MOUNTAIN Long Creek Presbyterian Church 701 Long Creek Road 704-629-4406

New Life Family Worship Center 428 Oak Grove Road 704-739-9371

Love Valley Baptist Church 2032 Bethlehem Road 704-730-0075

New Way Missionary Baptist Church 105 Waco Road 704-724-0414

Macedonia Baptist Church 1101 S. Battleground Avenue 704-739-6811

Oak Grove Baptist Church 1022 Oak Grove Road 704-739-4833

Midview Baptist Church 703 Margrace Road 704-739-6711 Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church 220 N. Watterson Street 704-739-8354

Oak View Baptist Church 1517 York Road 704-739-7831 Pathway Baptist Church 3100 Parkdale Circle 704-734-0852

Mountain View Agape Church 506 Sparrow Springs Road 704-739-0160

Patterson Grove Baptist Church 301 Oak Grove Road 704-739-5826

Mt. Olive Baptist Church Compact School Road 704-739-4516

Peoples Baptist Church 1010 Groves Street 704-739-0398

Mt. Zion Baptist Church 220 N. Watterson Street 704-739-8354

Proclaiming the Word Ministries 7011 Cleveland Avenue

New Beginnings Church of Jesus Christ 541 Crocker Road 704-730-9507 New Bynum Chapel AME Zion Church N. Cansler Street 704-739-2606 New Camp Creek Baptist Church 863 New Camp Creek Ch. Road 704-487-7128

Progressive Church of Our Lord 1001 Cleveland Avenue 704-734-1070 Resurrection Lutheran Church 600 Crescent Circle 704-739-5580

Bynum Chapel AME Zion Church 213 N. Cansler St • Kings Mountain Second Baptist Church 120 Linwood Road 704-739-4216 Shady Grove Baptist Church 339 Shady Grove Road 704-739-8920 St. Paul United Methodist Church N. Cansler Street 704-739-1256 Sunrise Baptist Church 208 Mail Road 704-692-3007 Temple Baptist Church 612 N. Cansler Street 704-739-4716 The Favor Center Church 602 Slater Street 828-381-4777

True Gospel Holiness Church 1608 Shelby Road 704-739-6764 Unity AME Zion Church 948 Unity Church Road 704-228-0328 Vestibule AME Zion Church 2175 Vestibule Church Road 704-739-7961

GROVER Bethany Baptist Church 423 Cleveland Avenue 704-937-3010 Carolina Praise and Worship Center 201 N. Main Street 704-937-7541

Westover Baptist Church 114 Westover Drive (704) 739-2187

First Apostolic Church of Blacksburg 205 E. Cherokee St. Blacksburg, SC 864-839-1873

GASTONIA Bethesda United Methodist Church 3714 S. New Hope Rd

WACO New Testament Missionary Baptist Church 2103 Capernium Rd

Grace Community Advent Christian Church 206 West 3rd Avenue 704-739-9230

Royal Praise Ministries 2055 Shelby Rd.

Notice: In order to accommodate the number of churches in our communities, we will print two alternating lists of churches each week. If you don’t see the church you’re looking for, be sure to check next week.

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QualTech is different world from a typical job shop

Eric Dechant, Mayor Rick Murphrey, and Joe Latchaw, right. Photo by DILLON LACKEY ELIZABETH STEWART

QualTech Industries Inc. at 311 Industrial Drive is building an addition four times the size of its present plant and, weather permitting, the construction will be completed in June. The company plans to add two more machinists and spend $750,000 on improvements. Several years down the road the company plans to add five more machinists

to the employee payroll. With a focus on machining large parts in multi-functional mill/turn machines, QualTech has quickly attracted customers since it opened in Kings Mountain in 2009. The second generation president/owner of the company, Joe Latchaw, is following his father in a business he co-owns with Eric Dechant, vice-president, and his father, Jeff Latchaw, who is also treasurer.

QualTech operates in a facility located on 16 acres off York Road and along I-85 minutes from downtown Kings Mountain. City Council at last Tuesday’s meeting set a public hearing for May 26 a t 6 p.m. at city hall for discussion of an industrial incentive grant for QualTech. The industrial shell expansion makes the company

City welcomes Steag expansion Business leaders and a host of elected officials gathered Wednesday to celebrate the expansion of Steag Energy Services, a German company that since establishing a presence in the area eight years ago has come to employ more than 100. Much of the discussion at last week’s ribbon-cutting centered around Steag’s startling reformation of the old Cora Cotton Mill, which, following the exodus of much of the textile industry from the Cleveland County in the last The water reservoir tank at Steag Energy Services, located generation, was headed to- on Linwood Rd., sports a mural that recalls a bygone era in Kings Mountain. ward dilapidation. “We believed that re- turing dominated the region’s provided by 238 Cherokee storing the history and the economy. Grill. look of the old mill was the Steag Energy Services’ “You have brought a new right thing to do,” said Hans Kings Mountain and Grover life, a new face to the Cora Hartenstein, the Steag Energy plants provide selective cat- Cotton Mill,” said Mayor Services president. “It was a alytic reduction installations Rick Murphrey in his address beautiful building with a lot and flue-gas desulfurization to the crowd. “She might not of potential. We could have systems and for energy com- be carding, roving, spinning started over with a very ge- panies in the area. and dyeing yarn and fabrics neric metal building, but we More than 100 residents, or knitting but she is alive wanted to preserve.” including Kings Mountain with a new product, a new Part of that extensive ren- City Council members and process.” ovation includes a sweeping Cleveland County Board of Wednesday’s ribbon-cutrustic mural painted on the Commissioners, showed for ting also functioned as an former textile mill’s water ceremony, which included open house and provided selfreservoir tank that recalls a lavish barbecue luncheon guided tours of the facility. times when textile manufac-


Sweet success at Pelican’s Company representativs are joined by elected officials and Cleveland County economic development officials at Steag’s ribbon cutting Wednesday. Photos by DAVE BLANTON

Aquilla Gant, in blue shirt, and K’Nesha Maddox, in purple, are joined by Mayor Rick Murphrey, Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce members and city employees in welcoming Pelican’s Snow Balls to town in a ribbon cutting on Shelby Rd. Friday. Photo by DAVE BLANTON The proprietors of Pel- learning curve. We had to gum, cherry cola mojito ican’s Snow Balls have buy a second ice shaving and honeydew and spefound something out about machine and we’ve had to cial combinations like the folks who live in Kings bump up on staffing.” The Frog’r (pineapple and Mountain: They’ll stand in The franchise has al- polar punch), The Super lines – even on cloudy days ready grown from seven Hero (blue raspberry and – to get a taste of one of the to 11 employees, she and cherry), The Butterfly Kiss small company’s more than Gant said. (birthday cake and cotton 100 flavors of shaved ice Friday marked the of- candy). concoctions. ficial grand opening of It’s open from 12 p.m. Within days of open- the restaurant that located to 9 p.m. seven days a ing the doors last month, across from McDonald’s week until October, when partners K’Nesha Maddox and Wal-Mart on Shelby it will close for the season. and Aquilla Gant quickly Road, and that drew mem- There’s also cornhole and learned they were under- bers of the Kings Mountain tic tac toe games for cusstaffed and needed to beef City Council, Mayor Rick tomers. up their supplies in order to Murphrey and several city The company started keep up with the demand employees to congratulate in Durham about 4 years their Snow Balls were cre- the small business on its ago and now has about 30 ating. good start. franchise operations in the It’s been a wonderful Pelican’s offers scores Southeast. There are also adventure,” said Maddox. of flavors including pink locations in Shelby and “There’s definitely been a grapefruit, blue bubble Gastonia.

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Greenheck, Rockwood Lithium, among new commercial, residential builders Greenheck Real Estate Holdings bought a commercial master building permit to up-fit the interior mezzanine at the plant, asphalt the parking lot and install a new 5100 square foot concrete loading dock with drive-in concrete ramp, three dock positions and a new driveway. Choate Construction Co. of Charlotte is contractor for the new construction to cost $451,100. Rockwood Lithium bought a city building master commercial permit to build a 18x20 accessory building for electrical purposes at cost of $52,500. Contractor for the new construction is Roebuck Buildings Co. of Roebuck, SC. Nine residents of Moss Lake bought permits for residential construction. Jeff Latchaw, 112 N. Oakwood Dr., is building a new dock to replace the old dock at cost o f $10,500. Joe Ross, 1226 Oak Grove Rd., is building an addition to his existing dock at cost of $4800. Wanda Rutherford, 148 Harbor Point Dr., Cherryville, is installing rip-rap along the northern portion of the control strip and replacing existing concrete seawall with

modular block seawall and new covered boat slip. Cost $15,000. Jeff Roark, 2317 Peninsula Ave., Shelby, is refreshing rip-rap as needed within projection limits at cost of $3,000. Brian Dwan, 3 Island View Dr., Shelby, is expanding his existing dock with no changes to the control strip. Cost $5500. Thomas Wilkinson, 76 Fairview Farm Road, Shelby, is building a new dock to replace existing pier and repair rip-rap as needed, cost $20,000. Lorraine Singalewitch, 148 North Shore Dr., Cherryville, is building a new dock to replace the old dock with no changes to control strip or existing rip-rap, cost $6,000. Ray Workman & Sons Construction, 104 S. Watterson St., is contractor. Anthony Everett, 3210 Sunset Dr., Charlotte, is installing rip-rap along the shoreline and removing existing dock and replacing with a 20x20 wooden dock at 125 Carroll Dr., Cherryville. Cost $10,500. Sylvia Hutchins, 1211 Ridgemont Ave,. Shelby, is building a new dock to replace existing dock at 121

Sunshine Lane, Cherryville, at cost of $15,000. Suburban Acres, 331 Oak Grove Road, is moving a 14x70 mobile home to Suburban Acres. Simmons Mobile Home Movers, 835 Poplar Springs Church Road, is contractor. Cost $1800. Patrick Richey, 106 Water Oak St., is building a 10x28 foot deck to the back of his home and changing out the HVAC system at cost of $13,641. He purchased a building master residential permit. Jeff Ledford, 1307 Merrimont Ave., plans to add a 20x30 detached garage and close in the front of his existing garage. KF Davis Homebuilders & Construction Co.,822 McDaniel Road, is contractor for the construction at cost of $20,000. Jim Smith, 306 Childers St., is putting up a 20x21 metal storage building constructed on 4 inch slab foundation at cost of $6,000. He purchased a commercial building permit. Kenny Walker, 402 N. Roxford Road, is removing a wooden deck and replacing it with 16x22 concrete patio and adding a walkway across the driveway of his home. Cost is $11,000.

Amy Rogers, 905 Rhodes Ave., is setting up a 12 x6 storage building at cost of $2500. Steven Frye of Cherryville is contractor. Michael Tessener, 312 N. Cansler St., is constructing a 30x30x9 garage at cost of $10,000.Douglas Viars, 311 Walker St.,bought a residential fence permit to close off access to above ground pool with 32 feet of privacy fence. J&R Investment Properties, Gastonia, bought a residential fence permit to install a privacy fence between 902 and 900 First Streets at cost of $500. Ralph Johnson, 124 Ebenezer Road, is installing a 175 foot chain link fence between 124 and 122 Ebenezer Road at cost of $1200. Lori Oliver, 161 Crown Court, is installing 150 feet of 5 feet chain link fabric and repair existing fence at cost of $1400. Stafford Fence Builders, 167 Crown Court, is contractor. Leigh Greene, 409 Marcella Dr., bought a residential pool permit for a 12x24 in ground pool and fence. Innovative Pool Designs, 531 Lake Montonia Road, is contractor for the construction at cost of $20,700.

QUALTECH: is different world from a typical job shop From Page 6A eligible for a local industrial incentive grant from both Cleveland County and the City of Kings Mountain. Mayor Rick Murphey was given a tour of the facility last Tuesday and was impressed with the addition underway with its high bay to house the big machines QualTech has become the go-to source for big part machining and quick turnaround capability along the East Coast. Although QualTech’s niche is largepart machining, the shop also makes parts smaller than a dime and everything in between, with a list of workpiece materials that includes aluminum, cast iron, stainless steel and 4140 and 4150 steel. “We want to be the shop that anybody can come to for anything,’’ said Joe Latchaw. Joe’s wife, Jessica works in the office. In 2008 when the Great Depression caused a severe slow down in manufacturing, Jeff Latchaw reached out to a former employee Eric Dechant. Eric worked for Jeff Latchaw at Time Machine Inc., Franklin, Pa., in the mid-1980s while attending high school and he kept in touch with the family after he moved out of state to work as a program manager and program specialist for FANUC. During

one of his visits, Latchaw inquired of Dechant about what he saw occurring in the industry. He recalled, “What I see is anybody who has big machines is busy but you don’t see many job shops with big machines because of the investment and software required and the programming and engineering talent to run them’’. As it turned out, Jeff Latchaw had a line on a big machine, a new Okuma VTM-120YB, a unique machine he bought in mid 2009 and then purchased a building in Kings Mountain, NC later that year to house it and QualTech was born. Joe Latchaw had graduated from Penn State in plastics engineering and had been working for eight years in Charlotte as a plastics engineer for John Deere at the time and resigned to become president/co-owner of the new job shop in Kings Mountain. Dechant made the jump to parts manufacturing in mid-2012, becoming vice-president and co-owner of QualTech. By 2009 the shop even received an order before it was open for business and still preparing the building. The rehab on the QualTech building involved fixing roof leaks, securing doors, tearing out carpeting and organizing the building while installing about twice as much air conditioning as

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chant pointed out during the tour with the mayor. Dechant explained. “I have talked to quite a few machinists who are general job shop-type machinists, operating small 3-axis milling machines and 2-axis turning machines. When they walk into our shop, they go, ‘Oh boy.!” They’re frightened a little bit by these machines. But he added that the shop has attracted skilled employees, including a father-son team, James and Josh Guerard, and Patrick Hamm who was hired directly out of high school who have all been with the company from nearly the beginning. QualTech is a very different world from a typical job shop.

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VFW Ladies Auxiliary Taps Lib Hammett as President Elizabeth (Lib) Bolin Hammett is excited and ready to travel as the incoming state president of the Ladies Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars. The retired customer service representative, who still works part time at Warlick-Hamrick Insurance Agency, will be packing for a number of trips she plans to take after her installation June 7 in Columbia, SC. Hammett joined the VFW Auxiliary in 2004 in Blacksburg, SC and immediately went to work, moving through the chairs from guard, conductress, chaplain, junior vice-president, senior vice-president, to the top office in the South Carolina Department which has 5,096 members in 60 units. She is a member of Unit 3447 in Gaffney, SC and she and her husband, Clarence, and their son, Edward, reside in Blacksburg, SC. “My husband is a Korean War veteran and my two brothers, Thomas H. Bolin of Shelby and Dennis Bolin of Gastonia, served with the Navy in Vietnam and so it was only natural that I join the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary,'' said Lib. She's looking forward to visiting members in South Carolina and very excited to be able to attend national meetings beginning with the national convention in Pittsburgh, Pa. July 17-21. She has already made her plane reservation for a trip to Anchorage, Alaska in September to attend the homecoming of the incoming national president, Francisca Guilford, and the midwinter national conference Feb. 9-14, 2016 in Dominican Republic. In August she has made plans to attend a national meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota and a Southern conference of members from 15 states in Augusta, Ga. November 14-15. “Going to Bat for Our Veterans” is her state theme and she plans to push membership all over the state of

LIB BOLIN HAMMETT South Carolina. Since she has chaired both the legislative and scholarship committees, she plans to push Voice of Democracy contests in grades 9-12 where $30,000 in national scholarships are available and Patriots Pen essays for grades 6-8 for which a $5,000 national scholarship is available. The Buddy Poppy program is another of her big interests and proceeds from the distribution of poppies are all earmarked for veterans. Welcomed at meetings as “the lady with the smile,” Lib is dedicated to the work ahead, Growing up in Grover, Lib is the daughter of the late James Henry and Alma Turner Bolin. She has a sister, Myrtle Bolin Bowles, of Kings Mountain, and she has signed up eligible relatives and friends in the Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Lib retired after 35 years service with Warlick-Hamrick but returns to town every Thursday. She has has her hair styled at ScissorSmith & Company salon by Arlene McMurtry and then reports for work. Her boss, Larry Hamrick Jr.,encouraged her to run for president of the auxiliary, as did her husband and son. Lib loves to fly and often times she meets newcomers and they talk VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She always carries with her a membership application. Lib Bolin Hammett does what she loves and loves what she does.

Budget work session set for May 18 City Council will get their first look at a proposed city budget for 2015-16 at a budget session May 18 at 5 p.m. at the H. Lawrence Patrick Senior Life & Conference Center. Council set the date for the budget session at last Tuesday's meeting and also approved the following consent agenda: +Resolution 15-08 authorizing execution of rental and lease agreements for one year or less by the city manager and/or designee of the city manager. +Resolution 15-09 between the City of Kings Mountain and Cleveland County in which the city manager would designate one or more inspectors from Cleveland County to serve as a member of the city's inspection department for an extended period April 28June 30.The county would be compensated at a rate of $65 for each service call. +set public hearing for May 26 for discussion of an industrial incentive grant to QualTech. +set public haring for May 26 on request from Roger Woodard Ministries Inc. to rezone a portion of property located at 206 W. Ridge Sreet from Heavy Industrial to Residential R-6. + set public hearing for May 26 for a request by Philip Bunch ( agent for Peggy Levergood) to re zone her property located at

923 Cleveland Avenue from R:S-8 to Neighborhood Business. +set public hearing for May 26 for request by Gayle and William Phillips to rezone property at 1737 Bethlehem Road from residential 10 to Conditional Use R-20. Special presentations and recognitions by Mayor Rick Murphrey included certificates to Danny Robinson, gas mechanic I, 5-year service with the city; and David Warlick, Police Officer/K9, 5 years service with the city; awards to three firemen – Eric Carroll, Tyler Walker and Noah James Allen – for completing Fire Academy Class 12 at Cleveland Community College, and Richelle Meek, for completing training program for grade III Biological water pollution control system operators. The mayor also proclaimed s National Day of Prayer May 7; National Police Week May 11-17; and National Public Works Week May 17-23. During citizen recognition Beauford Burton, Adam Forcade, and Debbie Keeter reiterated their opposition to a proposed casino/ resort. The Council took the occasion to thank Ellis Noell on his retirement as Director of Special Events and Public Relations and the audience gave Noell a standing ovation.

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KM Drama students up for Blumey Awards Kings Mountain High School Performing Arts Department is among 72 nominees, six in each of the 12 categories, who are are competing in the 4th High School Musical Theater Awards which recognizes the best in high school theater. The winners will be announced at 7 p.m. on May 17 in Belk Theater in Charlotte. WBTV's Maureen O'Boyle will emcee. Tickets for the awards ceremony go on sale April 30 at 10 a.m. and range from $40 to $60. They can be purchased at Blumenthal/ or over the p hone at 704-372-1000. The awards ceremony will feature performances by six finalists for best actor and best actress. Two students from each production will be featured in opening and closing production numbers. The Doctor Family Foundation will also award a $10,000 annually renewable scholarship to two area students. The national show and ceremony will take place in New York on June 29.The two students named best actor and actress will receive an all-expenses-paid trip and week-long stay in New York City where they will train and compete with other regional winners, Blumenthal Performing Arts says. For three years the Kings Mountain H igh School Performing Arts

Department, under the direction of Dan Treharne, has participated in the Blumeys and this year's musical, “Little Shop of H o r r o r s , ' ' Jack Pearson as Seymour and Jensen has been Fleisher, right, as Audrey, in a scene from nominated the KMHS production of “Little Shop of Horfor seven rors.” awards: best Saturday, May 2. The six ensemble, chorus; best featured per- nominees for both of these former Austin Willis as categories will be chosen Orin; best supporting actor after the auditions and anTobias Curry as Audrey II; nounced on Monday, May best actress Jensen Fleisher 4. Kings Mountain High as Audrey; best actor Jack Pearson as Seymour; best School's Jack Pearson, who overall direction; and best had the role of Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors'' is musical. The Wells Fargo “best among the best actors from musical” category will 20 schools chosen in the consist of two tiers with top 20 for the audition. Kings Mountain High is three schools being nominated within each tier. Tier among six schools chosen I includes schools with a for best ensemble/chorus musical production budget in the production of “Little of under $10,000 and Tier Shop of Horrors,” among II includes arts magnet six schools chosen for schools and schools with best overall direction, and musical production budget among six schools for best featured performer, Austin of $10,000 or more. Eight schools, includ- Willis as Orin in “Little ing Kings Mountain High, Shop of Horrors” and Toare in competition for best bias Curry as Audrey II, musical award, KMHS for best supporting actor, in “Little Shop of Horrors.'' “Little Shop of Horrors.” The Blumey Awards is Students scoring in the top 20 in the best actor produced by the Blumenand best actress categories thal Arts' Education Dewill be invited to audition partment and presented by before a special panel on Wells Fargo.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS – Pictured are members of the cast of “Little Shop of Horrors,'' the recent production by the KMHS Performing Arts Departments. Front row, from left, Leah Nations, Jonah Williams, Casey Johnson, Tobias Curry, Haley Johnson, Jacob Edmondson, Akeela Frost, Brennin Fleisher; second row, Jailah Pettis, Rachel Mower, Sophia Kellstrom, Jensen Fleisher, Jack Pearson, Ashlea Hodge, Nyla Barnes, Skylar Smith; third row, Jeremiah Fite, Landon Ervin, Austin Willis, Rielly Neal, William Towery, Brandon Towery, and Cole Smith.

PERFORMERS- Pictured are seven members of the cast of “Little Shop of Horrors” in a musical routine. From left, Jailah Pettis, Sophia Kellstrom, Rachel Mower, Jack Pearson, Ashlea Hodge, Nyla Barnes and Skylar Smith.

KM Woman’s Club tours KM Historical Museum Adria Focht, Director/ Curator at the Kings Mountain Historical Museum, gave 20 members of the Kings Mountain Woman's Club a tour of the museum April 27 and pointed out the numerous exhibits, “Pioneering Women of Kings Mountain,'' which includes pictures and memorabilia from a number of Kings Mountain women and their contributions to the community. Focht began the tour at the front of the building and talked about each exhibit as the members walked by the various cases filled with mementos. The exhibit is open

to the public during museum hours through May. Among exhibits displayed were those of Minerva Stone Tracy, the first postmistress; Lottie Goforth who left her estate of $20,000 for the building of Kings Mountain Hospital; Mary Accor, the first woman chairman of the board of Cleveland County Commissioners; Ruby Alexander, the first woman contractor; Hazel Herndon Fryer, the founding president of the Historical Museum who donated her wedding dress and a Red Cross uniform; Lib Stewart, who served as the 2000 National President of

the American Legion Auxiliary and is longtime writer for The Kings Mountain Herald, who has displayed numerous articles from her travels for the Auxiliary and a vintage typewriter displayed by Greg Ledford, publisher of The Herald. There are many more photographs and artifacts of early pioneers and numerous other women featured in the exhibit, open to the public during museum hours through the month of May. The Kings Mountain Woman's Club's exhibit in the museum features a look back into the club's 100 year history and features Mrs.

Pictured are 20 members of KM Woman’s Club who toured the Historical Museum. Katherine (Aubrey) Mauney and her service to the club. Ann Bennett is club pres-

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Hall of Fame induction set for Saturday The 28th annual Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony will be held Saturday, May 9 at 6 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church on South Piedmont Avenue. The meal, catered by Linwood Restaurant, will begin at 6 p.m. and the inLeigh duction ceremony at 7. Tickets are $15 and are available from any Hall of Fame committee Rickenbacker member, at the main office at Kings M o u n tain High School, or at the door. T h i s year’s inChilders ductees are Morgan Childers Caddell, Priscilla Rickenbacker, Dale Hollifield Hollifield and the late Tony Leigh. Distinguished Service Awards, in appreciation of their longtime support of Kings Mountain youth

athletics, will be presented to Bob Smith, Catherine Hicks, Paul Ingram and the late Dale Putnam. Putnam’s award will be accepted by his brother, Philip Putnam. In addition, numerous Kings Mountain High seniors will receive college scholarships. Scholarships are sponsored by the Hall of Fame, KMHS Booster Club, the City of Kings Mountain and Punch Parker in memory of his dad and former Mountaineer basketball coach Don Parker. All four inductees enjoyed stellar careers at Kings Mountain High and beyond. Morgan Childers Caddell set numerous pitching records in softball, both at KMHS and USC Upstate. She also played a year of professional softball with the Akron Racers. Childers pitched the Lady Mountaineers to backto-back state 3A championships in 2005 and 2006 and was the State MVP both years. Among others, she holds career records at KMHS and Upstate in career wins and strikeouts. Childers will be inducted by her high school coach, Suzanne Grayson. Rickenbacker was a standout basketball, softball, tennis and volleyball player at KMHS in the late 1970s. See HALL OF FAME, Page 4B

Kings Mountain High honors its senior softball players prior to Friday’s home game with Shelby. Left to right are Kayla Skidmore, Mikeala Bell, Leah Herndon, Emily Hester and Sarah Scism. (Photos by KM Herald)

KM softball routs Shelby to wrap up SMAC title

Kings Mountain’s Ashton Withers rounds third and heads for home following one of her two home runs in Friday’s win over Shelby.

Kings Mountain High’s girls softball team ran its South Mountain Athletic Conference winning streak to 14 games Friday at home with an 11-1 six-inning victory over Shelby’s Lady Lions. The victory gave the Lady Mountaineers their first conference championship since 2007. They were scheduled to play Chase in a makeup game Monday and will travel to East Burke for their final conference game Friday. Kings Mountain holds a full two-game lead over its nearest competitor, East Rutherford. The Lady Cavaliers would have to win their final two games and KM lose their last two to

force a tie; however, KM would own the tie-breaker for having beaten the Lady Cavaliers twice. After Friday, the Lady Mountaineers will await their seeding for the upcoming state 3A playoffs. They should be a high seed and hopefully host a lot of playoff games. The NCHSAA is scheduled to seed teams on May 9 and first round games are scheduled for May 13. Other game dates are May 16, 18 and 22. The Regional rounds are May 26-30 and the state championship June 5-6. The KM gals ran up an early 8-0 lead, then put the game away on the mercy See SOFTBALL, Page 2B

Touchdown Club golf tourney slated Friday The annual Kings Mountain Touchdown Club golf tournament will be held Friday at Kings Mountain Country Club. The 32-team, captain’s choice event raises funds for the new Brinkley Field House at Kings Mountain High School. The field house was dedicated a year ago this week and has served not only as a field house for athletes but also as a quiet place for end of grade testing. Golfers will gather around 11:30 a.m. for a meal and teams will tee off around 1 p.m.

The tournament this year has drawn more excitement than ever as the 32 playing spots were sold in a matter of days. In addition to prizes offered to the top teams, there will be raffles and drawings for numerous prizes. Many former Mountaineers will be returning home to play in the golf tournament, including 1979 football star Kevin Mack. Mack played fullback on Clemson’s 1982 national championship team and was AFC Rookie of the Year and a two-time All-Pro with See GOLF TOURNEY, Page 2B

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Kings Mountain’s graduating seniors were honored prior to Thursday’s baseball game with Chase at Lancaster Field. Front row, left to right, Shawn Adams, Logan Stevens, Colby Crisp and Robbie Lysek. Back row, left to right, Jacob Lainhart, Brandon Bell and Cameron Ramsey. (Photo by KM Herald)

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alive their hope of making the upcoming state 3A playoffs. The wins over R-S Central (3-1), Shelby (20-0) and Chase (2-1) improved the Mountaineers’ record to 8-7 in the SMAC and 9-10 overall heading into the final week of the regular season. Kings Mountain is scheduled to host Hunter Huss in a non-conference game tonight before traveling to East Burke for their final conference game on Thursday. The Mountaineers will close out the regular season Friday with a non-conference game at South Point. Aided by three route-go-

ing pitching performances and good defense, the Mountaineers used big innings to win all three of their games last week. Tuesday at R-S Central, they scored all three of their runs in the second inning and then held off a Hilltopper rally in the seventh. Colby Crisp followed a walk to John Bell and single by Robbie Lysek with a two-run single in the second inning to account for the winning run.. Thomas Lavin followed with a RBI single to make the score 3-0. The Hilltoppers pushed across an unearned run in See BASEBALL, Page 2B

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KMMS sweeps Tri-County track championship

Kings Mountain senior Maddie Lutz became the first KMHS girl to sign to play college golf when she inked with the Brevard College Tornados. Looking on, front row, left to right, are her father Rocky Lutz, sister Natalie Lutz and mother Regina Lutz. Back row, KMHS athletic trainer Alan Ridenour, athletic director Dustin Morehead, golf coach Kevin Moss, tennis coach Rick Henderson, Maddie’s personal coach Bryant Brothers, and assistant principal Julie Rikard. (Photo by KM Herald)

Kings Mountain Middle School’s boys and girls track teams won the Tri-County Conference championship Thursday at East Lincoln. The girls defeated Crest 117-87. North Lincoln was third with 60 points, followed by Lincolnton 59, West Lincoln 51, East Lincoln 32, Shelby 25, Burns 19, R-S Central 14, East Rutherford 10 and Chase 0. The KM boys scored 97 points to edge Crest with 89. East Lincoln ran third with 81, followed by Burns 39, North Lincoln 38, Shelby 36, RS 31, West Lincoln 29, East Rutherford 13, Lincolnton 6 and Chase 3. Finishing first for KM were Maggie Lloyd in the 3200 meter run (13.16) and 1600 meter run (6:13), N Kelly in the shot put (34.05) and the discus (80.07), J Parsons in the shot put (37.01), R McRee in the discus (124.1), T Tuttanon in the long jump (18.4), A Carter-Kee in the 55m hurdles, D Allen in the 110m hurdles,

and the 4x200 girls relay team (1:59). Other top finishes included: Shot put – N. Bess fifth. Discus – J Parsons sixth. Long jump – D Blackney fifth, M Simms sixth. Long jump – E Vargas third, K Wade fourth. Triple jump – M Ross second, S Presnal fifth. Triple jump – Landon Zanders second, M Fewell fourth. High jump – D Blackney fifth. High jump – R Shakier second, C Brooks fifth. 55m hurdles – D Blackney third. 110m hurdles – Brandon Quevedo-Johns sixth. 1600m run – Summer Campbell fourth. 4x100m relay – Girls second, boys third. 400m run – Maggie Lloyd second, K Wade sixth. 800m run – B Clark fifth, Titus Clark fifth. 200m dash – B Reynolds second. 4x400 relay – Girls fourth, boys fourth.

Kings Mountain High senior baseball player Brandon Bell signs to play outfield with Catawba Valley Community College. Left to right, front row, cousin Kevin Bell, Brandon Bell, aunt Beverly Scoggins and uncle Tim Bell. Back row, KMHS assistant principal Kevin Queen, athletic director Dustin Morehead and baseball coach Matt Bridges. (Photo by KM Herald)

SOFTBALL: Ladies win 14 straight SMAC games to take title From Page 1B rules with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Mikeala Bell went the distance on the mound. Sophomore shortstop Ashton Withers clubbed a pair of long home runs to pace the Mountaineers at the plate. She hit a solo shot

over the center field fence for a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first and led off the third with a towering shot over the left field fence to put the home team up 4-0. In between those two blasts, the Mountaineers got a double from Kassidy Hamrick with one out in the second, and she took third

on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball. Kayla Skidmore, who had walked, later scored on Leah Herndon’s single to center to make it 3-0. After Withers’ second homer, Miranda Ellis doubled off the top of the center field fence and scored on Hamrick’s double to make

it 5-0. Shelby pitchers then went wild, walking five of the next six batters as the score ballooned to 8-0. Shelby’s only run came in the top of the sixth on a home run by Taylor Newton, but KM responded with three runs to put the game on ice.

BASEBALL: Boys win 3 straight, hope to make playoffs From Page 1B the seventh and had the tying runs on second and third before KM recorded the final out. KM sophomore Madisyn Bolin scattered five hits and struck out six. Lysek and Lavin led the hitting with two hits each, and Brandon Bell and John Bell also had hits. Brandon Bell’s three run first inning homer got the Mountaineers going toward their rout of arch rival Shelby Wednesday night at Lancaster Field. The game was called after 4 ½ innings on the 10-run mercy rule. Kings Mountain had its biggest plate assault of the year, finishing with 20 hits. Bell went 3-for-3 with six runs batted in to lead the offense. Lysek and Matt Absher also collected three hits. The Mountaineers blew the game open with 12 runs in the second inning. Bryson Bailey tossed

a three-hitter with seven strikeouts. The Mountaineers scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to edge Chase on Thursday night at Lancaster Field. Lysek led off with a single and Brandon Bell’s towering double to deep center put runners on second and third. Crisp hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Lysek, and when the Chase second baseman mishandled the relay Bell broke for home and beat the tag for the winning run. Chase had led 1-0 since the third when Trojan pitcher Kevin Hopps singled, stole second and scored on a single by Hunter Hinson. KM second baseman Logan Stevens made two outstanding defensive plays in the top of the sixth to help pitcher Matt Absher preserve a 1-2-3 inning. Stevens made a diving catch of a low liner by Timothy Har-

din for the second out, and then closed out the inning when he went into the gap between second and first to field a grounder by DaDa Davenport, braced himself and threw out Davenport as he was attempting a head-

first slide into first. Bell led the Mountaineers with two hits. Lysek, Adams and Absher had a hit each. Absher went the distance on the mound, scattering six hits and fanning five.

the Cleveland Browns. Mack now works in the Browns’ front office. One of the inaugural four inductees into the Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame, Mack will be also be in attendance at Saturday’s Hall of

Fame induction ceremony at Central United Methodist Church. David Brinkley, president of the KM Touchdown Club, said golf sponsorships are at an all-time high. He predicts this year’s tournament will be the most successful ever.

Three Mountaineers in state 3A track meet Three Kings Mountain High track and field participants qualified for the May 8 state 3A championship meet by finishing in the top four in their events in Saturday’s Western Regional at AC Reynolds High in Asheville. Gwen Hopper placed

second in the triple jump with a jump of 33 feet, nine inches. Tynesha Merriman ran third in the 200 meter dash with a personal record of 26.27. Josh Boheler placed fourth in the pole vault, clearing 11’6”.

Middle School tennis in Tri-County playoffs Kings Mountain Middle’s tennis team is in the Tri-County Conference championship playoffs this week after finishing second in the regular season. The Lady Patriots were scheduled to host Shelby yesterday. The championship match is set for Thursday at the home court of the higher seeded team. Last week, the Lady Patriots lost to East Ruther-

ford 5-4 and 8-1, and edged Crest 5-4. Against Crest, MC Johnson, J. Johnson, M. Deaton and A. Baker won their singles matches. K. Johnson and Baker won in doubles Against East, K. Johnson, Baker and J. Guy won their singles matches. Baker and Guy won in doubles. In the second match against East, KM’s only winner was K. Johnson.

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KMMS Lady Patriots go 10-0, now in championship playoffs

Kings Mountain’s David Bell rounds third and heads home for an inside-the-park home run in Thursday’s win over R-S Central. (Photos by KM Herald)

Holden Turner slides safely into third base.

KM Middle School baseball playing for conference title Kings Mountain Middle School’s baseball team defeated R-S Central 11-1 in five innings Thursday to finish its regular season with a 10-0 record. The Patriots were scheduled to host R-S again yesterday in the first round of the Tri-County Conference championship playoffs. The other playoff game yesterday saw Crest facing North Lincoln. The two winners will meet Thursday at 4 p.m. for the conference championship. If KM is in the championship game, it will be played at KMMS. Josh Ledford started on the mound Thursday. He went two innings, did not allow a hit and struck out four. Seth Kennedy pitched two innings, giving up one

run on one hit. He struck out four Joe Ruffalo pitched the final inning, allowing no hits and fanning two. Haddon Pruett led the KM plate attack with 2-for2. Ledford had a two-run home run and David Bell hit a three-run home run. Others with hits were Kennedy, Ruffalo, John Melton and Bryce Fisher. In other games last week the Patriots defeated East Lincoln 6-2 and East Rutherford 14-1 in five innings. Against East Lincoln, Ledford went 3-for-4 with two home runs and a triple, accounting for five of the Patriots’ six runs. Also getting hits were Bell, Kennedy, Ruffalo and Pruett. Ledford pitched the first two inning, giving up two

runs on two hits. He struck out three. Bell came on in relief, giving up no runs, one hit and fanning four. Against East Rutherford, Kennedy pitched four innings and gave up just one run on four hits. He struck out five. Pruett pitched the final inning. He gave up one hit and fanned one. Leading the hitting with two hits each were Bell, Ruffalo, Melton and Fisher. Players with one hit each were Ledford, DJ Bagwell and Zach Crawford. KM led 2-1 through two innings and 5-1 after three before scoring nine runs in the last two innings to close out the game on the mercy rule.

KM kickers beat Chase 9-0 Kings Mountain High’s women’s soccer team shutout Chase 9-0 in its Senior Night contest Thursday night at Gamble Stadium. Courtney Johnson, Sara Smart, Virginia Dellinger, Johnna Scism, Kimberlee Farris, Jamie Slater and MC Dellinger each had one goal. Cassidy Calhoun and Paloma Dettloff had two assists. Scism, Johnson and Smart each had one assist Seniors recognized at

halftime were MC Dellinger, who is going to Appalachian State; Jamie Slater, who will be attending UNC Wilmington; Kimberlee Farris, bound for Gardner-Webb; Lyndsey Barnes, who is going to Appalachian State; Courtney Johnson, who will attend UNC Greensboro; Johnna Scism, who is going to Carolinas College of Health Sciences; Lauren Gould, who is going to Gardner-Webb; and Sara

Smart, who will attend UNC Charlotte. In another game last week, the Lady Mountaineers fell to Shelby 3-1. Calhoun had the only goal and Mackenzie Ramsey had the assist. Kings Mountain, 10-3-1 in the SMAC and 10-4-1 overall, closes out its regular season Friday night at East Burke. State playoffs begin next week.

Middle School tennis in Tri-County playoffs Kings Mountain Middle’s tennis team is in the Tri-County Conference championship playoffs this week after finishing second in the regular season. The Lady Patriots were scheduled to host Shelby yesterday. The championship match is set for Thurs-

day at the home court of the higher seeded team. Last week, the Lady Patriots lost to East Rutherford 5-4 and 8-1, and edged Crest 5-4. Against Crest, MC Johnson, J. Johnson, M. Deaton and A. Baker won their singles matches. K. Johnson

and Baker won in doubles Against East, K. Johnson, Baker and J. Guy won their singles matches. Baker and Guy won in doubles. In the second match against East, KM’s only winner was K. Johnson.

Kings Mountain Middle School’s girls soccer team competed a perfect regular season last week and was scheduled to open the TriCounty championship playoffs yesterday at home. The championship game is slated for Thursday, and if Kings Mountain is in it the game will be played on the KMMS field. The Lady Patriots defeated R-S Central 8-0 Thursday at home to complete the regular season with a 10-0 record. Baylee Marr was credited with her fifth shutout in goal. Maggie Lloyd scored a hat trick. One goal was unassisted and the others were assisted by Lindsey Deaver and Olivia Martin. Deaver scored a goal off an assist from Sarah Drennan. Lexi Wright and Raegan Buchanan scored goals assisted by Deaver. Olivia Martin scored off an assist from Wright, and Abigail Pennington scored off an assist from Summer Campbell. Earlier in the week the Lady Patriots won games over East Rutherford 6-0 and East Lincoln 5-1. Against East Rutherford, Marr posted her fourth shutout of the season in goal. Lloyd scored a hat trick. All three goals were assisted by Deaver. Deaver scored two unassisted goals, and Wright scored off a penalty kick. Kings Mountain defeated East Lincoln 5-1 with Lloyd scoring two goals that were assisted by Buchanan.

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Three KMHS tennis players compete in Regional tourney Kings Mountain High School had three deserving tennis players to qualify for this year’s regionals in Hendersonville. Those three players were Alex Lovelace (SMAC singles Champion) representing the South Mountain Athletic Conference as he upset Tyler Helms, #1 player from Burns High School, during last week’s SMAC singles championship. Kings Mountain’s Dylan Ervin and Gibson Conner were finalists in the SMAC doubles championship as they were defeated by the strong duo of Dyland Goodman and Jack Wasserman from Crest High School. The trio from KM were not new to the regionals as they qualified a couple of years ago. Lovelace won his first round match this year by disposing of his opponent in straight sets, but was ousted by one of the top seeds in the tournament in straight sets. The doubles team of Ervin and Conner went the distant with the #1 doubles team from Ashbrook as the match went three sets before the Mountaineers finally took down a tough team from the Green Wave. Later that afternoon, the two Mountaineers got another taste of another Gaston County rival (Forestview) as they faced off with the #2 doubles team of Friday and Harwell and they also went three sets before the duo from Kings Mountain finally put the match away to qualify both Ervin and Conner for the state playoffs. Since the state playoffs have a pre-determined draw, that meant that each doubles team that had qualified would have to play to

determine their seed during the second day of play. So, on day two during the regionals the duo of Ervin and Conner got matched up with the last year’s defending regional champions, none other than the dominant team of Goodman and Wasserman from Crest. The team of Ervin and Conner just couldn’t get it going during the match and the team of Goodman and Wasserman dominated the duo from KM in straight sets setting up a consolation match with a pair from Hickory. “I knew our match against the Hickory team would be a pretty evenly match, but I didn’t expect it to go three sets (again – like the first two matches that we experienced on Friday),” said KM Coach Rick Henderson. “At first, the match was back and forth and then towards the end of the first set, Hickory walked away with the first set but Ervin and Conner were determined to win the second set and were very dominating and disposed of the Hickory team in the second set easily.” The Mountaineers, having gone up by the score of 4 – 1 in the third set, were starting to struggle and lose their momentum and finally were beaten by the score of 7 – 5. “So, what does this mean to Kings Mountain tennis?,” Henderson noted. “Well, the fact that not too many tennis players from Kings Mountain earn the right to compete in the state playoffs from one year to the next. It’s almost like its every decade apart before someone does something significant like this. The duo of Ervin and Conner have worked

tremendously hard over the last couple of years to get where they’re at today. Reaching the final 16 spots (in doubles) in the state playoffs when the field starts at approximately two hundred doubles teams is pretty phenomenal. This is not an everyday task that someone exceeds in. “As for our team accomplishment this year, we qualified to play in the state dual team match for the second consecutive year by beating both Burns and Crest during our regular season this year; therefore putting Kings Mountain in an elite group as one of the top 32 teams in the state of all the 3A schools. We played Concord on Tuesday, April 27th and disposed of them by the score of 5 – 4. The first three singles matches (seeds 1, 2 and 3) were won by Concord and seeds 4, 5 and 6 were won by KM. So, the match came down to doubles play and that’s where the Mounties gained some momentum into the match as the #1 doubles team of Dylan Ervin and Gibson Conner were defeated by the score of 10 – 7 and the #2 team of Robert Baker and Dalton Cash won by the score of 10 – 8. The #3 doubles team of Alex Lovelace and Bailey Goodson ended the match by disposing of a strong Concord team by the score of 11 – 9 and giving the Mounties the team victory by the score of 5 – 4 and sending Kings Mountain to the second round of the dual team match against Weddington. That leaves only sixteen 3A high school tennis teams left before the second round match starts.”

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HALL OF FAME: Four to be inducted on Saturday From Page 1B She went on to play basketball and softball at Methodist College and North Carolina Wesleyan, and was an All-American basketball player at Wesleyan. She spent several years as a coach, first at KMHS, then at North Gaston and later as an assistant at numerous colleges. Rickenbacker will be inducted by her friend and former Mountaineer athlete, Paul Ingram. Hollifield played football, basketball and track at KMHS in the late 1950s and 1960. He was an all-conference linemen on the 1960 football team which was one of the best in school history with a

9-1 record. The Mountaineers lost the SWC championship game in a highly-controversial contest with Lincolnton in which two questionable calls cost KM touchdowns. He went on to play three years at Western Carolina University. He played both offensive and defensive tackle at KMHS and WCU. Hollifield will be inducted by his longtime friend and teammate, Jerry Adams. Leigh was an all-conference outfielder on the Mountaineers’ 1967 championship team, and also stood out on highly successful fast-pitch softball teams in Shelby and Canton. Leigh taught and coached

at numerous schools over a 33-year tenure in public education. He turned out several successful baseball teams at Allendale-Fairfax in South Carolina before coming back to North Carolina to coach in Gastonia, Bessemer City, Canton, Kings Mountain, East Gaston and West Lincoln. Leigh will be inducted by KMHS assistant athletic director Mark Latham. The two coached together at Kings Mountain, East Gaston and West Lincoln. Leigh’s Hall of Fame plaque will be presented to his wife, Pam Leigh, daughter Ashley Leigh and son Andy Leigh.

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Eagles Among Us by JIM FEREBEE 16th in a series Chris Quinn was born in Spartanburg, SC in 1985. He grew up in Shelby and Gastonia, NC attending local schools. Chris joined troop 92 (sponsored by FBCKM) relatively late in his scouting career but worked hard to catch up. While a scout, he held all elected and most appointed boy leader positions. He had the opportunity to attend two of the National High Adventure Bases: Northern Tier and Sea Base. At Northern Tier, he spent a week in the boundary waters canoeing and camping. At Sea Base he spent a week sailing from Islamorada down to Key West and back. In addition to the High Adventure Bases, Chris fondly recalls other scouting trip such as summer camp at Bud Shield and Camp Rodney (in Del-MarVa-Council), getting lost in and

CHRIS QUINN camping in the snow, camping in a cave and sailing the Lost Sea, biking at Cades Cove and the Virginia Creeper Trail, and multiple backpacking trips. He also remembers helping with many Eagle projects, trash pickups, and yard sales. He also remembers selling popcorn to raise money for scout trips. In 2004 he completed the requirements for and was awarded his Eagle Badge. He earned just

over the 21 merit badges required. For his eagle project, he spent the summer working with Ed Richards, his Eagle Project Advisor, and many scouts and scout parents designing and constructing a new playground at East Elementary school in Kings Mountain. After high school he attended Kettering University where he earned a B.S. in Management with a concentration in Information Systems and a minor in economics. His vocation has stayed with his education. He is now the Assistant Director of Information Technology for Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church. Chris, and his wife Jennie, are the proud parents of a 2 yr. old son Wilson. They are active member of First Baptist Church Kings Mountain. He accepted Christ on Easter Sunday 1992. Chris has served on the Advisory Board of Highland School

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CITY OF KINGS MOUNTAIN PUBLIC NOTICE APPLICATION RECEIVED FOR VARIANCES FROM THE ZONING ORDINANCE CASE NO. VA-1-3-15 Faunce Properties, Inc. has requested a variance from the side yard setback requirements and the lot width requirements in a Residential R-8 (R-8) district. The result of the variance requests being granted would be side yard variances up to five feet for as many as two of the four side yards and two lots as narrow as sixty-one (61) to sixty five (65) wide lots so an existing lot could be re-subdivided back into two lots. Both would have detached single family homes installed on them. The subject lot is located at 105 W. Watterson and is also known as KM8, Block 2, Lot 14 or parcel 7300. Said lot is zoned Residential R-8 (R-8). PUBLIC HEARING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT CITY HALL – COUNCIL CHAMBERS TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015 5:30 P.M. The public and interested parties are invited to attend the Public Hearing and express your opinion on the application. For additional information, call 704-7344595 (City Hall). KMH3668 (4/29 & 5/06/2015)

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CITY OF KINGS MOUNTAIN NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD TUESDAY, MAY 12 2015 – 5:30 PM CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS CITY HALL CASE NO. Z-1-4-15 Philip Bunch (agent for Peggy Levergood, property owner) is requesting to rezone property located at 923 Cleveland Avenue from Residential RS-8 to Neighborhood Business

North Carolina at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday the 21st day of May, 2015, the land conveyed in said Deed of Trust, the same lying and being in Cleveland County, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: BEGINNING at an existing iron pin in the West side of Bethlehem Church Road, Ervin Bolin’s Northeast corner, said iron pin being North 33-43-19 West 200.0 feet from the centerline of State Road 2235, and runs thence from the BEGINNING corner with Bolin’s line South 32-00-49 West 154.64 feet to an existing iron pin, John B. Jones’ corner; thence with Jones line South 83-00 West 240.00 feet to an existing iron pin, Harry Hughes corner, thence North 1-5630 West 526.62 feet to an existing iron pin in the line of Gary Kiser; thence South 84-56 East 100.08 feet to an existing iron pin on the West side of Bethlehem Church Road; thence with the West side of Bethlehem Church Road, South 33-4319 East 429.32 feet to an existing iron pin, the point of BEGINNING, containing 2.683 acres, as surveyed for Christopher E. Johnson, by David C. Caldwell, RLS, on October 24, 1994. Title Reference: See Deed Recorded Book 1422 Page 1341 Cleveland County Registry. Also included herein is a right of way for ingress and egress as recorded in Book 1034, Page 40 of the Cleveland County Registry. THIS PROPERTY HAS THE ADDRESS OF: 704 BETHLEHEM CHURCH ROAD KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC 28086 This sale is made subject to all any excise or transfer

(N-B). The property may also be identified as KM 34, Block 6 and Lot 1 or parcel 9167. CASE NO. Z-2-4-15 Roger Woodard Ministries, Inc. is requesting to rezone a portion of property located at 206 W. Ridge Street from Heavy Industrial to Residential R-6. The property may also be identified as KM 6, Block 1 and Lot 19 or parcel 7208. CASE NO. CUR-1-4-15 Gayle and William Phillips are requesting to rezone property located

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Founding Mothers feature Historical Museum exhibit by Adria L. Focht Director/Curator KM Historical Museum This is the third in a series of stories surrounding Kings Mountain Historical Museum’s current exhibit, Pioneering Women of Cleveland County. This exhibit focuses a spotlight on our “founding mothers” – the women who helped establish and maintain our area’s industries, hospitals, schools, churches, and civic organizations. The display also showcases local women who were groundbreakers and pioneers in their professions, those who opened doors and paved the way for women in following generations. The following stories highlight Kings Mountain women during the GREAT DEPRESSION (1929 – LATE 1930S) & WORLD WAR II (1939 TO 1945). Ida was the eldest daughter of William A. Mauney, the first Mayor of Kings Mountain and

Ida Pauline Mauney Neisler (1870-1964): Ran Neisler Mills at a loss during the Great Depression rather than put people out of work.

that it was she who insisted that Neisler Mills run at a loss rather than close down in order for mill workers to earn a living wage during the Great Depression. Ida is also remembered as the mediator of Neisler Mills, as she took it upon herself to effectively resolve conflicts between employees and management when they arose. She was also extremely community-minded, donating the land for the construction of the First Presbyterian Church and for the Kings Mountain Woman’s Club house; she was a charter member of both organizations. GRACE NEISLER PAGE (1910 – 1999): KINGS MOUNTAIN’S SPORTS CHAMPION Grace Neisler Page and her sister Margaret were two of the daughters of Neisler Mill founders Charles E. and Ida Mauney Neisler, and the namesakes of the Margrace Mill in Kings Mountain. Encouraged by her five older brothers, Grace Neisler was an avid sportswoman from early childhood. At Kings Mountain High School she played varsity basketball, and at the two-year school Ward Belmont (TN) she was a member of the archery, bowling, softball, and basketball teams. She graduated from the George Peabody Teacher’s College (now part of Vanderbilt) with a degree in physical education. It was during her college years that she was introduced to skeet shooting and began competing in regional,

one of the founders of the first cotton mill in the city, Kings Mountain Manufacturing Company. She married C.E. Neisler, who founded Neisler Mills, Inc., which was at one time Kings Mountain’s largest employer. Mrs. Neisler was a force within the local textile industry. Many remember

state, and national competitions. She became North Carolina’s Women’s State Skeet Champion in 1935 and again in 1936, to a crowd of some 10,000 people. In 1936, Grace also won the Midwinter Target Tournament in Pinehurst, NC, as the lone female entrant. The Sandhills Daily News article about her win read: “Can women shoot a gun as well as a man? That question was answered here yesterday by Miss Grace Neisler of Kings Mountain when she held out until her closest rival, a man, Dr. G. W. Sower of Jonesboro, could no longer keep pace with her…” Throughout her lifetime, Grace served as a camp counselor and coach, and was a champion of youth sports. She was active in church and civil affairs; she taught young people at First Presbyterian Church for over 20 years, was a Girl Scout Troop Leader, and was active in the Kings Mountain Woman’s Club. Grace was elected to the Kings Mountain Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. Several original artifacts relating to Grace Neisler Page’s legacy are currently on display, including photographs of her hunting, fishing, and practicing archery, as well as “The Sportsman” Remington 12-Gauge, the gun she used to win the North Carolina’s Women’s State Skeet Shooting Championships in 1935 and 1936.



Fryers on wedding day. CROSS IN WWII Hazel Herndon Fryer was a true Renaissance Woman of Kings Mountain. After reading Hazel’s autobiography, A Sense of Delight, one friend wrote to her, “Your life story reads like an adventure novel with a sensitive and courageous heroine.” Truly, Hazel’s life experiences could have been torn from the pages of a novel, as she describes in a resume for her autobiography: “I have worn the Duchess of Windsor’s clothes. I worked as a private secretary to the famous Industrial Designer, Norman bel Geddes, during his heyday in New York City, and eavesdropped on Mr. Geddes and Frank Loyd Wright. I conspired with Max Reinhardt in directing a play on Broadway.” After Pearl Harbor, the American Red Cross asked for 100,000 nurses’ aides. Hazel

answered that call. She served with the American Red Cross in England and Germany throughout WWII. There she met her husband, an American soldier, and married in Germany in 1945. In addition to the intriguing international career she enjoyed in her youth, Hazel’s contributions to the Kings Mountain community in her later years were immeasurable. She became a long-time Librarian at Mauney Memorial Library, a founding member and first President of Kings Mountain Historical Museum, a prolific and published poet, and historian. Several fascinating artifacts are currently on display to tell Mrs. Fryer’s story, including her WWII scrapbook, her service uniform, and her wedding dress, which was made of silk parachute material and lace curtains. WOMEN IN THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY From the start of the 20th century, women were integral to the workforces of the local textile industries which dominated this region. In rural areas like Kings Mountain, as families moved off of their farms and into industrial jobs for the first time, it was common for the whole family to go to work in the mills. This trend is evident in many of the early photographs of local textile mill employees, which have high proportions of women and children. Women’s roles in the textile industry and in other manufacturing jobs would become even more central during World War II. During WWII, millions of women across the country

were encouraged to take over jobs previously done by men who were now serving overseas. Images of women workers became widespread in the media as government and commercial advertising was heavily used to encourage women to volunteer for wartime service in factories. “Rosie the Riveter” became a cultural icon representing American women who worked in factories during WWII, many of whom produced munitions and war supplies. KINGS MOUNTAIN’S OWN “ROSIE THE RIVETERS” ‘The Old Mountaineer’ newsletter sent news from home via the Margrace and Pauline Mills in Kings Mountain to the men and women serving in World War II. This photo, from the June 28, 1943 issue, notes: “Sending along a photo of some of the girls holding down your jobs.” Many Neisler family descendants recall hearing stories about the Neisler Mills in Kings Mountain producing fabrics that were used to cover and camouflage Allied tanks overseas during WWII. Learn more about the Pioneering Women of Cleveland County at Kings Mountain Historical Museum now through May 23 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated. To find out more about upcoming exhibits and events, please visit us at: www.kingsmountainmuseum. org or call (704) 739-1019.

KINGS MOUNTAIN’S OWN “ROSIE THE RIVETERS” Photo courtesy of Jacob S. Mauney Memorial Library

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